The ITF is a multidisciplinary EMA group that includes scientific, regulatory and legal competences. It was set up to ensure coordination across the Agency and to provide a forum for early dialogue with applicants on innovative aspects in medicines development. Area of interest: innovative therapeutics and techniques, innovative development methods, borderline products.
From the first request by the applicant, the procedure lasts approximately 8-10 weeks (ITF Secretariats confirms eligibility criteria approx. within 2 weeks; when confirmed, then approx. 2 weeks about experts’ involvement + meeting date after 4-6 weeks).

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Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs) Classification 

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Companies can consult the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to determine whether a medicine they are developing is an advanced therapy medicinal product (ATMP). This is an opportunity for ATMP developers to receive confirmation that a medicine, which is based on genes, cells or tissues, meets the scientific criteria for defining an ATMP. The procedure can help developers to clarify the applicable regulatory framework since the beginning of the product development.

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FDA Expedited Program for serious conditions – Breakthrough Therapy Designation

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Process designed to facilitate the development and expedite the review of drugs intended to treat a serious condition AND preliminary clinical evidence indicates that the drug may demonstrate substantial improvement over available therapy on a clinically significant endpoint(s).

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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have a program to provide parallel scientific advice (PSA) to sponsors. The goal of the PSA program is to provide a mechanism for EMA assessors and FDA reviewers to concurrently exchange with sponsors their views on scientific issues during the development phase of new medicinal products (i.e., new human drugs and Biologics).

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